A little bit of luxury at Pennyhill Park

SEPTEMBER 2016 | OUT & ABOUT

Having turned the grand old age of 33, my husband finally listened to my hints and bought me a birthday present of a weekend at my favourite spa – Pennyhill Park.

Swimming pool and hot tub? Tick! Quality time with the husband? Tick! No small child hanging onto my legs begging for my “bone” (phone in toddler speak) so she can watch Iggle Piggle for the millionth time that day? Tick!

Needless to say, I was a little bit excited. And as always, I wasn’t disappointed.

We got there early to make full use of the facilities, which includes two swimming pools (an outdoor pool and an indoor pool with underwater music), hydrotherapy pool, saunas and steam rooms, an ice cave that alternates between peppermint and lemon flavours, two hot tubs… the list goes on! It’s one of the biggest spas I’ve been to; with 45,000 square feet of pure luxury. And with so much space, there’s never any trouble finding a lounger.

As a regular winner of the Good Spa Guide’s Best for Luxury, the staff are friendly and attentive. Poolside service is available, so you can sip on prosecco whilst enjoying the bubbles in the hot tub. If not for the British weather, you could almost convince yourself that you’re on holiday.

The hotel is also the training ground for England’s Rugby Team, so don’t be surprised if you see burly young men wandering around as bonus eye candy.

We quickly immersed ourselves in a leisurely tour of steam room, sauna, hydrotherapy pool, dry off on the heated tiled beds in the Tepidarium, and repeat. Thoroughly relaxed, we then headed to the spa’s Themis restaurant in our comfy complimentary robes. The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and the menu is health conscious but doesn’t shy away from sweet treats (they’ll also make you a cheeky bowl of chips which aren’t on the menu if you ask nicely). I indulged with scones, clotted cream and jam, with a hazelnut hot chocolate and whipped cream. My husband, saving himself for dinner, had a pot of Darjeeling tea accompanied with shortbread biscuits.

After a full day of spa-ing (is that a real verb? If not, it should be!), we checked into our room with authentic wooden beams, beautiful chandeliers, and a bathroom that gave me serious #bathroomgoals.

We didn’t eat at the hotel that evening as we’d booked somewhere nearby. But from previous experience, the food is great quality at The Brasserie, if a little overpriced considering it’s supposed to be the cheaper (casual dining) option versus the fine dining in their award-winning Latymer restaurant. The next morning, breakfast was a feast in itself! They have the standard Full English with eggs cooked to order, cereals, warmed bagels with salmon and cream cheese, bircher muesli, pastries, and fresh honeycomb from the hotel’s own beehive. The bread is baked in the Hotel’s own bakery, and loaves are available to order to take home with you.

Suitably stuffed, we went back to the spa for more relaxation. Guests are allowed to use the facilities after checkout until 2pm. My family had booked treatments as my birthday present, so I had a full body Hot Stone Massage and a Grounding Foot Therapy Massage. Both treatments were EPIC. My therapist, Vivienne, was incredibly lovely and I felt so relaxed that I had wobbly legs afterwards! The candle-lit, tranquil, sensory relaxation room has water beds for you to snooze after your treatment, and after 50 minutes, I had to drag myself away from the comfort.

Sad to leave, I went back to the spacious changing rooms where you have everything you need to get ready. The showers are large with five shower heads (one above as normal, but also two on both sides of the wall). Toiletries are provided, as well as hair dryers and straighteners…and randomly there is also a swing at the back of the room!

Overall, I had an amazing time and Pennyhill Park never fails to disappoint.

Plus points are the spacious surroundings so you don’t have to fight for loungers or feel awkwardly intimate with 20 other people packed into one small hot tub. Staff are attentive but not overbearing, and the poolside service is a real treat. It’s brilliant for romantic getaways, or a girls’ weekend away for extra special pampering. Although a little pricey, it’s definitely worth the money, and I for one, will be counting down the days until my next little bit of luxury.

Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa

  • 123 acres of beautiful Surrey countryside
  • 5 star luxury
  • Sun terraces, golf course, tennis courts, state of the art fitness centre, cinema room
  • Afternoon tea, casual dining or Michelin starred cuisine
  • Rejuvenating spa treatments, tutored gym sessions or simple relaxation
  • Business meetings
  • Weddings
Full Day Spa Retreat
  • Welcome drink
  • 2 course lunch at Themis Restaurant
  • Access to all Spa facilities
  • 60 minute treatment
  • Price £170 per person (Monday – Thursday) or £190 (Friday)

Seasonal Spa Sleepover

  • Luxurious overnight accommodation
  • Dinner in The Brasserie (£40 allocation per person)
  • Full English breakfast
  • Access to all Spa facilities
  • 60 minute treatment per person
  • Price from £260 per person (Monday – Thursday), based on 2 people sharing
  • Early access to the spa (before 2pm) is charged at £50 per person

Pennyhill Park, an Exclusive Hotel & Spa, London Road, Bagshot, Surrey, GU19 5EU

https://www.exclusive.co.uk/pennyhill-park/

[ Review written by our Women Aloud member, CHARLOTTE G ]

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